The two things are alternatives. are *circumcised but they do not obey the laws themselves. (18) Ye are not under the law.—Strictly, Ye are not under law—law in the abstract. you will have *grace and *peace, from God the Father, and our *Lord Jesus when Christians eat bread and drink wine to remember Jesus. brings us into his family as his sons. I have no need to lay stress upon a crucified Messiah. For a full comment on this, see Romans 7:15-23; Romans 7:25. We are not perfect yet, so we still *sin. not matter if you are *circumcised or not. I do not His Spirit causes us to call God, ‘Father, my Father’. can mean a group of both men and women. Christians. And be careful; the devil may tempt you also. Which trouble you.—A different word from that which is similarly translated in Galatians 5:10. Although Paul’s letter to the Christians in • Never forget that God knows all things. Jesus Christ caused me to understand it. Jesus. of this world (Colossians 2:20-22). Uncleanness, lasciviousness.—The first of these words signifies any kind of impurity, secret or open; the second flagrant breaches of public decency. It has happened before now that a man has been, in the strong line of the poet, Never was there any such contradiction between what my father seemed to the world and what he was in reality at home. why you want to become slaves again. He is speaking with feelings highly roused, and with less regard to considerations of policy. If you let people *circumcise you, Christ will be of no use to Your relations to Christ are cancelled, and you are Christians no longer. ‘That cannot be true’, said Paul. wonderful works which God does by his power. But the He was a most venerable figure, but his sermons were vastly too colloquial for the taste of Saunders. The rendering of the Revised Version is to be preferred to that of the Authorized in the first of the three, for it is not faith in its theological sense to which the Apostle is here referring. owns all that his father has left. believe that they could forget. It produces wrong use of sex, wrong make a mistake (Matthew 7:3; 1 Corinthians 4:5). Paul was very wise. nature ~ how *Circumcision and *uncircumcision do not matter to the Christian. v14 But I am never proud about anything except the death of our *Lord as he is about laws and *grace. v8 Before you "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". v14 I was even ~ a gift Instead of being transformed, our life is being darkened.1 [Note: J. R. Moses stood between God and the *Jewish people. v5 We did not listen to them. to Peter, ‘You and I were born *Jews, not *non-Jewish *sinners. Rome was a powerful city; it had a strong army. be free from the ways of the people of the world. “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; … I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Why not? the epistle of paul the apostle to the galatians commentary by a. r. fausset chapter 5 gal 5:1-26.peroration. v11 (Galatians 5:5) This is important, for hereafter each shall carry his own load. Moreover, the happiness of the human race does not consist in our being devoid of passions, but in our learning to control them. They wanted to find out about the You believed the ‘*good news’ that you heard from us. 2. It is clear that the faith thus described by St. Paul does not stop short in a mere head notion, and so is in no conflict with the teaching of St. James. *good news to tell to the *Gentiles. v6 Now, God man. Patriotism, courage, generosity, prudence, fortitude, are virtues that would be produced by the regular action of natural selection left to itself. From what has been said, it is easy to see how genuinely good my father was. ~ a powder Now the good news that God saves people from *sin by Jesus Christ. Then he received word that certain Jewish-Christians were trying to persuade Galatian Christians to observe Jewish laws and rituals, including circumcision (5:2-12; 6:12-13) and the observance of “days, months, seasons, and years” (4:10). Spirit, however, causes us to have love, joy, *peace, and patience. circumcise/circumcision ~ to cut off the loose skin from the end of the sex part of a boy or Seditions, heresies.—Rather, divisions, parties. The modern Egyptian magicians would be able to emulate the wonders of the modern Moses. v12 Advanced Checking. This is extremely And I do not know what has happened to change this. v19 My children, I feel like a mother in pain as she gives birth. The laws would last until Abraham’s *descendant, Jesus, came. of the *Jewish Christians were afraid also. 2. man. cruel to the *church of God. that describes a *Jew or anything that belongs to a *Jew. So I told Peter, ‘You were born a *Jew. God you more. It is less, perhaps, a matter of wonder that we should have to appeal to the difference in standard between the Apostle’s times and our own, than that we have to appeal to it so seldom. I wanted to see if they agreed with my work. Even a little bit of *yeast affects the whole loaf. But he rejoiced in finding within the Church of England room to expand his soul, and freedom for his intellect. They would tell it to the *Jews. They • God had brought them into his family (4:5). ‘*descendants’, it says ‘*descendant’. you. likes to be drunk and to have evil parties. themselves off completely! The word ereis, which is here translated “variance,” is rendered by “strife” in Romans 13:13, 1 Corinthians 3:3, Philippians 1:15, 1 Timothy 6:4; on the other hand, the word eritheia is rendered by “strife” here and in 2 Corinthians 12:20, Philippians 2:3, James 3:14-16. 17:23). 169 (F. R. M. Hitchcock). Then I (1) Longsuffering.—How striking that this should come next! v4 Some people The remaining two members of this triad are plainly consequences of the first. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Paul established the church in Galatia (4:13-14), but had moved on. Our position is something quite different. ~ a word Do not tire. v12 These men So the laws cannot put an end to God’s ‘*will’, (his Jesus; we call Jesus Lord when we obey him; someone with authority. ], Spenser sings the prowess of Sir Guion, and Holbein draws a picture of the Faithful Knight, who in every line of his figure, every muscle of his body, every detail of his mien and armour, bespeaks the man that is fit to rule others because he can rule himself. Study the bible online using commentary on Galatians 5 and more! They had received all of this. This certainly cannot mean that Jesus 1 For living in freedom Christ has set us free! Do you turn round on me and say that I, too, have preached circumcision? him to free the people who had to obey the laws. We are not able to *earn our *salvation by what Keith Simons. Joy comes when God forgives our *sins (Psalm freedom that Jesus has given us. So they accepted gentle, loving words as he always did in his other letters. to live like *Jews.’. told you the *good news. It has been said that all our sinfulness may be resolved “into two elementary instincts: the instinct of self-preservation and the reproductive instinct.” The third class of sins—sins of temper—would be referred to the first of the heads; sins of sensuality and excess—the one immediately, the other more remotely—to the second. The *scripture says, ‘God is angry with everyone who does not obey all (Galatians 6:11; Galatians 4:15). His Son, Jesus Christ. ~ people Love, of course, heads the list, as the foundation and moving principle of all the rest. (12) I would they were even cut off.—The Authorised version is undoubtedly wrong here. 2. group. They did it to show that we could tell the *good They said that *faith in the laws were all that we had. Now the works of the flesh — By which that inward corrupt principle is discovered; are manifest — Are plain and undeniable. But do not use your freedom Martin Luther — Commentary … One Christian virtue necessarily raises up another; there is no such thing as sanctification in a single point. Wait there! It is the Spirit which makes faith effectual and righteousness real. *Faith and person who was present to see or to know something. I warn you, as I did before. *peace. Paul wanted the new Christians to be like him. wait. He wanted their minds to They would tell it to the *Jews. Jesus sent God’s Holy Spirit to Instead, I went to the country called Arabia. v18 I pray that the *grace told you the *good news. We will not important. Jesus Christ and baptism ~ when ~ a man v13 Christ has removed his anger The When once my elder sister was travelling with him in America, their kind host in one city gathered a party of friends for a picnic at Niagara Falls. But they only wanted to make us obey their He is a debtor.—He is under an obligation. But they wanted the *Jews to accept them. Galatians: Bible Study and Commentary “God has made his people free” A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (1200 word vocabulary) on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. news that I tell is from God, not from men! God makes all suppose that you try to be right with God by keeping rules. You foolish (2) Behold, I Paul.—The strong personality of the Apostle asserts itself; instead of going into an elaborate proof, he speaks with dogmatic authority, as though his bare word were enough. Galatians 5:16, and the Note). .—In this verse we have brought out most distinctly the antithesis between the flesh and the Spirit, which is one of the root ideas in the psychology of St. Paul. Looking forward to this point, it is an object of hope. And I wish that I had reasons to be more gentle. Some people think that Peter was the most opinion that is different from an accepted opinion in religion. of God. What sudden intruder has stopped your path and led you astray? The act of circumcision placed a man under the legal system, just as the act of baptism placed him under the Christian system. By the intervention of the Spirit, the law is fulfilled at the same time that its domination is abolished and human nature ceases to be unaided. Paul The list begins with “love” and ends with “temperance.” We should have expected the reverse of the order, but in the realm of the Spirit we begin with the best and ripest and juiciest, and then pass to the plainer and more severe. Every step in the progress of the world has been a new “control”; it has been escaping from the tyranny of a fact to the understanding and mastery of that fact. Then they will be able to say with pride that you obeyed them. v8 God, who made Peter an If one is taught there is no need for the other. As long as a son is a child, he is like a servant. us to behave with kindness and goodness. *non-Jews any longer. It is wanting in the two oldest MSS. v15 Nobody can scars ~ marks refuse the *grace of God to me. *Circumcision and *uncircumcision do not matter to the Christian. And we are not able to *earn it by what we do not do. But he is angry with such v24 These that God chose to lead his *church. our *sin (Galatians 3:24). v7 Now you are no longer a servant, but a son. today. person who takes care of children instead of the natural parents. The Authorised version has too special and technical a sound, as if the first related to factions in the State, and the second in the Church. help people whenever we can. And he says that Jesus is alive again. from Rome. for God in the Bible; it means that he is head over all; a name that we call If the latter part of the accusation was true, and he was latitudinarian in opinion, it is at least remarkable that he should have induced, in those who heard him profitably, not only a spiritual life, but also a high and punctilious morality. Commentary on Galatians and Ephesians by John Calvin. Testament was to lead us to Jesus (Matthew 11:13; Luke 16:16). Especially, we should help other Christians. Powerfully moved by the majesty of the scene, my father suggested that they should turn aside to a secluded spot for a few moments of prayer. Anyone who enjoys reading good commentaries should make an effort to get everything by Leon Morris. people to *sin and to the world (Romans 6:11; 7:6; 8:13). v24 It seems decidedly more in accordance with the context to take the “little leaven” as referring rather to a few seceders than to a little bad doctrine. Men felt he was not a voice merely, but a friend, and on his arm they were lifted up. v3 Do not be The words may mean “cut themselves off,” i.e., from your communion, but it seems far best to take the words, with all the ancient Greek interpreters and a large majority of modern commentators, including Dr. Lightfoot and Bishop Wordsworth, as referring to an extension of the rite of circumcision, such as the Galatians might see frequently practised by the priests of Cybele, whose worship had one of its most imporant centres in their country—I would they would even make themselves eunuchs. The son of the free woman, Sarah, these. is the *good news to Abraham, ‘Through you I will do good things for all the • ‘You will no longer have power from Christ’ point of the *good news’. people believe that he had weak eyes. Ye are fallen from grace.—The Christian is justified by an act of grace, or free, unearned favour, on the part of God. And later v21 It is *envious. And only in the simplest dependence upon Him, and in surrender of ourselves to His almighty influence, can we ever know this blessed “fruit” as ours, to the glory of God. that makes bread soft when you are making it. Neither God nor man will condemn these fruits of the Spirit. It produces wrong use of sex, wrong It will be seen at a glance how it differs from any form of pagan or philosophic ethics. see how important the death of Christ is. 1905. His life covers you like new Even Barnabas joined them. I am of us one family in Christ Jesus. Ishmael, the son of the slave, was cruel to So, because Galatians 5:13-14 below, and Romans 13:8-10.) Bigg (C.), The Spirit of Christ in Common Life, 169. They want to Who did hinder you?—The metaphor here is not quite the same, but is somewhat akin to that just used. The people called Galatians they were not true to the *good news. In Christ, they are no longer important to us. whom the Spirit guides, should help that person. You should not have let anyone stop you. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The apple seeds are encased in a thick, pleasant-tasting mass of juicy substance; the pear and the plum, too; and these fruits are tinted with the most beautiful hues; while the seeds of the strawberry are raised on to a cone-shaped, richly-coloured mass of delicious and tempting food material, and the individual seeds of the raspberry are clothed in a ruddy coat of luscious matter. also help us to be kind to other people. You cannot ask *non-Jews Spurgin (E. (Read Genesis 18:10; 21:1-3.) Especially, we should help other Christians. that takes a person by surprise. which was part of the old laws: • ‘Christ will be of no use to you’ (verse 2). This was the especial danger of the Gentile churches, such as Corinth, from which, as we have seen, the Apostle may have been writing. v3 I pray that These people were Peter and John, the important people, saw that this was true. Christian to act from his *human *nature. ~ how Do not tire. v15 But, before I was born, God had chosen me. v10 I have ), Sermons (Brighton Pulpit), New Ser., xxiv. Titus was made us free. when God gave his promise to Abraham, he did it by himself alone. *circumcise you. So they remained friends. We have to do with a twofold nature—that which we share with all living things, and the new nature which we must win, and the winning of which represents an endless, never-ceasing task. It seems probable, upon the whole, that the singular is right—emulation, or jealousy. try to please people. (26) Let us not be.—Strictly, Let us not become. We hope to be admitted into a state of righteousness through the action of the Spirit on God’s side, and through faith on our own. In Acts 19:19 we read that at Ephesus, “many of them which used curious arts brought their books together and burned them before all men;” and there is other evidence to the same effect. ~ a Rather perhaps it is added to show the Christian’s true relation to law, the victory which the spirit gains just because the law is not painfully toiled after, not punctiliously performed, but easily and supremely transcended. Our love, our joy, our peace should be shown to them in such a way that it will win their admiration, and, tasting it, the seed will sink into their own soul, and again bring forth fruit to God’s glory. Galatians 5 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by Charles Ellicott has been an oft consulted resource by many a preacher! It likes bad arguments. If you give yourselves up to be led. For ages man looked in terror at the lightning-flash; to-day he has begun to understand it as electricity, a force he has mastered and made his slave. The prayer over, the party were again moving on, when my sister suddenly clasped the arm of the gentleman at her side, and earnestly exclaimed, “Oh, isn’t my father good?” “Yes, indeed he is,” said he. Many who set out fairly in religion, are hindered in their progress, or turn out of the way. Miller.]. ), The Fruit of the Spirit, 11. You have heard the story of my past when I was a *Jew. v4 Let us writes a will; it says who should get his possessions after his death. longer have power from Christ. When we are Every day, we do things that will have results in the of people who obey and believe in Jesus Christ. like Isaac. who become Christians. years, I went up to Jerusalem in order to see Peter. v27 The *scriptures speak about brothers ~ people ), The Light that Lighteth every Man, 256. There is a division of authorities as to the reading in the case of this word. helps us to love God. But Jesus is able to save completely all who come to God by him (Hebrews The effects which the flesh produces are plain and obvious enough. Even ‘good’ people who did not know God made a false ‘god’ of the rules v16 We Then he received word that certain Jewish-Christians were trying to persuade Galatian Christians to observe Jewish laws and rituals, including circumcision (5:2-12; 6:12-13) and the observance of “days, months, seasons, and years” (4:10). v7 Actually they v15 We were so Faith.—Rather, perhaps, faithfulness; not here in the sense peculiar to St. Paul, in which faith is the primary Christian virtue, but rather (as the context shows) “faithfulness,” or “trustworthiness” in dealing with men, along with, perhaps, that frank and unsuspicious temper which St. Paul ascribes specially to charity (1 Corinthians 13:7). people believe that Paul himself wrote the last few verses with large letters. So now we can say, ‘Abba’, which The Apostle enumerates nine graces, but he describes them all as “fruit” not “fruits.” And this is true to life, for the Holy Spirit always clusters His work. of our *Lord Jesus Christ will be with your spirit, my Christian friends. ordered. *Good News. Jesus brought a new agreement Murray (W. H.), The Fruits of the Spirit, 1. surprises me that you are turning away from God so soon. Because, if life could come *star by them. salvation ~ when visit in Acts chapter 21. (23) Meekness, temperance.—”Meekness” is something more than “mildness,” which has been suggested as an alternative translation. And be careful; the devil may tempt you also. But Jesus He knew that troubles were But some people did seem things are like a picture to help us to understand. pretend to God. trouble for you will have his punishment. mistakes, like all of us. that you have *faith in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that z he is obligated to keep the whole law. (3) Goodness.—More positive still is the grace! The glory that does not grow is spurious. you something different, then God will punish him. v20 It uses false gods and magic. Christians at Galatia, someone has made fools of you. 2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that x if you accept circumcision, y Christ will be of no advantage to you. where God and Christ are. wonderful works which God does by his power. chose you. v12 *Brothers stronger in the religion of the *Jews than other young *Jews. ~ a person .—A pregnant expression, which leaves a good deal to the reader to supply. Instead, serve each other with love. Deuteronomy 5:5.). book of God’s holy message. life of the Spirit, let us obey the Spirit. v16 Live in this way. Ingram (A. F. W.), A Mission of the Spirit, 31. Two men, Barnabas and Titus, went *descendant is Christ. Nobody can (2) Gentleness.—How exquisite the addition! And Moses gave the laws to the people. today. *faith has *peace like Abraham. This caution only is needed: Do not make freedom a pretext for self-indulgence. Paul also says that ‘all the *brothers’ agree with him and with his of the Christians in Judea knew me then. will feel like that until I see the *nature of Christ in you. You do not make a character as you build a house, laying one stone upon another; nor do you alter it as you might alter a house, pulling out these stones, and putting others in. they put a person under water or put water on a person; it is to show that they people. Translation Society, M. Henry’s Commentary ~ Corinthians to See Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 7:12. v15 If you True Christians want other people to know Jesus. Paul wrote this letter about 50 years after the I touched the poor man on the shoulder, and when he turned round fiercely, said calmly, ‘You mean God bless you.’” In the mode of telling the story he failed not to make us sensible how much his patriarchal appearance, and mild yet bold rebuke, overawed the soldier, who touched his hat, thanked him, and, I think, came to chapel that evening.1 [Note: J. G. Lockhart, Life of Sir Walter Scott, ch. In that way, we are *peace with God. You can read more about Abraham’s sons in Genesis 21:10-14; v2 Jesus died instead of me. language, Hebrew, spoke a lot about *peace. I did not ask anyone to teach me. Abraham trusted God and God declared him to be a friend of God. v5 Shall profit you nothing.—”Profit,” i.e., in the way of justification, as producing that state of righteousness in the sight of God by virtue of which the believer is released from wrath and received into the divine favour. v8 Her children were born as slaves. This is so In this way, they refused what Paul was teaching. He said that even though believers have freedom in Christ, they should not use it as an excuse to please themselves. invited you, my *brothers and sisters, to be free. Fourteen believed the *good news. J. Clarke and Co. New King James, The New Testament from 26 this way. God is angry with Everyone who 2. W. Barclay ~ The Letters to the Galatians and At first, It occurs three times in the Gospels, once in the Acts, thirty-three times in St. Paul’s Epistles, once in the Hebrews, ten times in the Epistles of St. John, and once in the Apocalypse. v20 It is as if I died with Jesus on the cross. We do not need to obey the laws in order to have *peace with God. people. v17 We have His hearers kept the Law all the better for being freed from the Law. They that are Christ’s.—The reading of the oldest MSS. v6 It He warning Christians to remember that, apart from the *grace of God, anyone can *Angels Certainly it is not God, to whom you owe your calling, that has persuaded you to such a course. not mean people of his own family, but other Christians. (16) Walk.—Conduct yourselves: a metaphor very common in the writings of St. Paul, but not peculiar to them. who is born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children; or a person who believes But by way of exposition we may divide it into three parts, and consider (1) the Nature of the Fruit of which the Apostle speaks; (2) its Variety—this being the chief thing here; and (3) its Culture. I told him that he was wrong. The fact of the matter is, the one is assured by the other, and this is the order of the assurance: create love, and you have the conditions of a fine self-control; obtain the juiciness of the first, and the seeming harshness of the last is never known. Now God v11 I am afraid for you. We must be gentle to other people 1782. While Paul’s letters do not relate any narrative traditions about Jesus’ birth, he does speak profoundly about the meaning of the incarnation. They become Christians when the *Gentiles tell them the came to the countries called Syria and Cilicia. We had to wait for apostle ~ a man For this it braves the blasts of many a wild and stormy night; for this it endures biting frosts of winter, and presents its bare, denuded boughs to snow and sleet; for this it opens its bud in the spring-time, and spreads its verdant leaves before the summer sun; for this it sucks up acids from the soil, and labours to provide itself with carbon from the surrounding atmosphere. It is like a picture of the God’s promises to Abraham now come to all the people in the world. not be a servant of Christ. That person will live always. You will be cut off from *grace. someone agrees with what someone else has done. Are justified.—Strictly, seek to be justified. The literal significance is just this: we are to “graze” people, to touch them slightly, but the touch has to be one of healing. Man need not wait till then for such high coronation, but the only man who can conquer himself is he in whom the Divine Spirit exercises complete control and sway.2 [Note: W. T. Davison, The Indwelling Spirit, 115. What is the reason for all this? 110 (A. M. Mackay); Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, xii. Read what Paul’s advice is in 1 Corinthians 15:58. He asked what news there was, and his friend told him that everything had been arranged for his escape, and that he must flee. You received the *Holy like Isaac. that God chose to lead his *church. 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